Sermons from May 2017
What are the marks of a true disciple according to Jesus? Disciples abide in God’s Word. Their lives are saturated in the scriptures, and this leads to true spiritual freedom. Disciples love one another, following Christ’s example as their standard. Disciples bear fruit to the glory of the Father. Fruit includes our witness, worship, and character, all increasing in holiness and honoring God before a watching world.
Just hours before His arrest, Jesus performed the lowly task of washing the feet of the disciples. Christ calls us to follow his example – to be be willing servants of others. Jesus also explained to Peter that if a person has bathed, he only needs his feet washed daily. In the same way when we believe in Christ, our sins are forgiven once for all, but because we still sin we need daily cleansing to remain in close fellowship with the Lord.
On the eve of His crucifixion, Jesus took on the lowly task of washing the disciples’ feet. Jesus “showed the full extent of His love,” not only by washing their feet, but by dying for the sins of all. Although He possessed sovereign authority as Emmanuel, God with us — He stooped to serve. May we make the specific choice to cultivate humility (1Peter 5:5).
As Jesus speaks with Martha before raising Lazarus from the dead, (John 11:25-26) He first clams to be the self existent, self sustaining I AM. Next, He promises to be the resurrection and the life for all who believe. Finally, He asks the question, “Do you believe this?” It is critical to understand that the promises of a physical resurrection (Philippians 3:20) and never-ending spiritual life (2 Corinthians 5:8) are only for those who believe in Christ, personally relying on Him. We must trust, not in our own works, but in Christ’s substitutionary death on our behalf.